Ericsson has been selected by SoftBank as the Evolved Packet Core supplier to support its nationwide deployment of Cat-M1 and NB-IoT network.
SoftBank aims to be first to market with commercial cellular IoT services. Ericsson delivers Cat-M1 support as a software upgrade to SoftBank's existing Evolved Packet Core, and NB-IoT using Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core and Cloud Execution Environment.
Cat-M1 and NB-IoT-enabled IoT devices allow SoftBank to cost effectively extend their networks while creating new revenue streams for IoT services, said Ericsson.
According to Ericsson, its Massive IoT network solutions for Cat-M1 and NB-IoT -enabled IoT devices have advantages including low cost, low power consumption, deep coverage, massive connections and high reliability of transmission.
Combined with existing leading LTE coverage, SoftBank can deploy a range of IoT services in smart cities, logistics, utilities, medicine, transport, mining, agriculture, manufacturing and many more.